Late in Game No. 363, played last night at the Red Lion in Lincoln Square, newcomer Dan Kolen stood at the board, his hand on his forehead. Since 2011, he had played about a dozen games online with old friends now scattered around the country, but this was his first foray into face-to-face Diplomacy.
“I’m looking for an ally,” he implored, as he assessed his crumbling Austrian empire, now completely encircled by barbarians. “I’m looking for a friend!”
“Well,” replied one of the guys he had met earlier that evening, “you’ve come to the wrong place.”
Diplomacy is a frustrating game. Moments of levity help to keep it fun. This one was also a reminder of what you should expect from one of our bar games: They’re opportunities to get out for a few drinks while joining some pretty cool people for a game that can be thrilling and aggravating, often at the same time.
Game No. 363 ended by time limit after the Fall 1905 turn in the following center counts:
Austria (Dan Kolen): 2; 2.247 points.
England (Jim O’Kelley): 6; 20.225 points.
France (Gabby Henderson): 5; 14.045 points.
Germany (Christian Kline): 6; 20.225 points.
Italy (Bryan Pravel): 4; 8.989 points.
Russia (Ali Adib): 5; 14.045 points.
Turkey (Jake Langenfeld): 6; 20.225 points.
Kolen and Henderson are Adib’s recruits. Ali continues to work tirelessly to bring new players into the fold. Interestingly, Kolen met him through Gus Spelman, another Adib recruit. (Langenfeld, too, was brought in by Adib.)
Players, how about some post-game chatter?